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Discussion Questions for Peter, Paul, and John: Wrestling With Faith in Troubled Times

Discussion Questions for Week 4: Walk in Love (2 John)

1. What insights did you gain from the message this past Sunday? What was most helpful for you? What was difficult for you?

2. Read 2 John 5 and 10. What tension do you see between these statements? How do we experience this tension today?

3. Read 2 John 7. Why is it so important to faith that Jesus came “in the flesh” (i.e., with a real human body) rather than just as a spirit? What could be some consequences of adopting the belief challenged in this verse?

4. This letter contrasts two approaches to faith: being rooted in the past and the “beginning” (v6) versus looking forward or even “running ahead (v9). The speaker on Sunday suggested we could view this as a “conservative” approach and a “progressive” approach.

  • Which approach makes most sense to you and why?
  • What are the benefits of each approach?
  • What are the drawbacks of each approach?
  • How do you most need to respond and change as result of considering these contrasting issues?

5. This letter appears to be written in an authoritarian manner.

  • What has been your experience with leaders and authority in communities of faith?
  • What are the advantages of institutional authority in the church? What are the drawbacks?
  • How do you think Cedar Ridge does on the “authority vs. freedom” balance? How do you think we should change or adapt to this challenge?

Discussion Questions for Week 3: The Gospel Demands Reconciliation

1. What insights did you gain from the message this past Sunday? What was most helpful for you? Was anything difficult for you?

2. Read Philemon 1-25. The speaker on Sunday said this letter would make a compelling plot for a movie. How do you think the movie would end?

3. Who do you identify with most in this story—Philemon, Onesimus or Paul—and why?

4. How does Paul characterize Philemon in this letter? If Paul were writing a letter to you, how might he characterize you?

5. Why do you think it was important for Onesimus to return to Philemon?

6. What reasons does Paul give for Philemon to welcome back Onesimus?

7. What do you think we can learn from this letter about:

• Participation and partnership in the gospel?
• Oneness in Christ?
• Reconciliation?

8. Which of these aspects is most challenging for you personally at this time? Take some time to share about relevant situations where you struggle to live “in Christ” or pursue reconciliation. Pray for one another.

Discussion Questions for Week 2: A Light in Dark Places (2 Peter)

1. What insights did you gain from the message this past Sunday? What was most helpful for you? What was difficult for you?

2. What was your reaction to the responses in the electronic survey the Second Coming of Jesus and judgement for how we have lived life? Were you surprised? Did the responses match your own?

3. Have you read through 2 Peter as a whole? If so, how did you find it? What was encouraging and uplifting? Was there anything difficult, confusing or troubling? How do you think it applied to you personally?

4. This book (2 Peter) seem to be written at a time when Christianity is in a time of transition: from Jewish to pagan culture and from Apostolic leadership (people who were actually with Jesus) to second generation leaders taking over. How might this kind of transition apply to the Church today? What is similar? What is different?

5. 2 Peter seems to be written to assert “catholic” authority and unity among the followers of Jesus. What are some of the benefits of institutional authority and consistency in faith? What are some of the downsides of trying to bring unity and uniformity? Where do you think Cedar Ridge fits in this uniformity/diversity balance?

6. Read 2 Peter 1:3-8. How does this passage apply to you? What do you think “participation in the divine nature” means?

7. Read 2 Peter 3:10-13. The speaker on Sunday suggested that we should not interpret “apocalyptic” literature like this too literally. Do you agree with this? How do you think we should interpret this passage? How does it apply to you?

Discussion Questions for Peter Paul and John week 4

Discussion Questions for Peter Paul and John week 3

Discussion Questions for Peter Paul and John week 2

Discussion Questions for Peter Paul and John week 1

And Now for Some Good News: Discussion Questions

Discussion Questions for And Now for Some Good News week 5

Discussion Questions for And Now for Some Good News week 4

Discussion Questions for And Now for Some Good News week 3

Discussion Questions for And Now for Some Good News week 2

Discussion Questions for And Now for Some Good News week 1

 

Previous Series: New Beginnings

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Discussion Questions for New Beginnings Week 4

Discussion Questions for New Beginnings Week 3

Discussion Questions for New Beginnings Week 2

Discussion Questions for New Beginnings Week 1

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